Just two days after the Lady Bulldogs held Bethany College without a field goal for just more than eight minutes, McPherson found themselves in the opposite role, scoring for the first time at the 13:48 mark of Saturday’s game against Tabor College.
The Blue Jays were able to amass a 14-point advantage by that time and held the double-digit lead for the remainder of the half, leading 34-21 heading into the locker room.
Not a single Bulldog made two field goals in the opening period as seven different players scored. Going just 7-of-27 from the field in the first half made it difficult for McPherson to gain any traction and kept them from obtaining the lead.
The second period was much more evenly matched as the lead for the Lady Blue Jays stayed around the 10-point mark. McPherson was never down by more than 13 but was not able to get any closer than six points. Tabor hit 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the last few minutes to keep its lead and MC at bay.
The Bulldogs (5-5, 1-1 KCAC) shot the ball better in the second half but it wasn’t enough to get them the game; they went 10-of-29 from the floor but again, just made two three balls, hitting 2-of-9. The Blue Jays kept up their shooting percentage, making 47.8 percent of their attempts.
Tabor (5-5, 2-0 KCAC) ended the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 37.5 from distance.
Cheyenne Eisenhour led the Bulldog scoring effort with 13 points. Brittany Pittas and Ali Brewster each scored double figures in the loss for McPherson, with Pittas scoring 12 and Brewster contributing 10 on 3-of-8 shooting from the field.
Madison Chambers upped her rebounding average after grabbing 14 boards in the game, 10 in the first half; she scored eight points in the loss.
Nikki Lewis led the Blue Jays in scoring with a game-high 17 points; she also tallied eight assists. Janelle Rust was right on her season average as she scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
McPherson will now prepare for its road trip up to Ottawa, and the OU Lady Braves. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.
McPherson — Eisenhour 3 6-11 13; Pittas 4 2-2 12; Brewster 3 3-6 10; Chambers 3 2-4 8; Cramer 1 2-2 4; Brown 1 2-24; Cooper 1 1-2 2; Engelbert 1 0-0 2.
Tabor — Lewis 5 6-9 17; Rust 4 6-10 15; Smith 4 0-0 9; Honn 2 0-0 4; Mary 1 0-0 2; Moran 3-5 0-0 8; Paust 1 3-4 6; Bryan 1 1-2 3; Zuercher 1 0-0 2